Glassjaw
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...


5.0
classic

Review

by Joe Denby USER (17 Reviews)
May 10th, 2012 | 31 replies | 2,766 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When consumed by emotion.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence is a beautiful hatred. It’s the focused and unrelenting backlash against a love failed, against a gamble so invested and dedicated and yet, infuriatingly, still unsuccessful. It is the uncomfortable realisation that there is no redemption to the experience, no silver lining, there is just pure, unrequited vitriol, to the extent of being unrecognisably jaded to your former self as a consequence. Its arguable superiority to later releases lies in its flaws. There is no attempt at balance, no precisely crafted attempt to redeem the album’s imperfections, simply the undiluted embodiment of an emotion which is immune to such rationalizations and criticisms.

There are moments of contemplation and reflections amongst the fury, where Palumbo reminisces or reasons through abstract metaphors, but it’s futile. While the quieter repose in sections of “Piano” may suggest a being coming to peace with what has happened, the gnashing roar of “It’s THAT ***ing hard”, followed by the uncompromisingly relentless closing trifecta, show only that the clarity fogs over and the pain reoccurs. The lyrics deal sincerely and poetically with the grief, the self destruction: “shot glasses fill up your soul”, the causes: “Give me back my pictures of me. Me, you and him makes three” and the sheer insanity: “I like your pretty eyes better blackened, and my fists all ***ing red”.

Daryl contorts himself vocally to any measure to express himself, spitting and whispering as the spectrum of rejection pulls him. The music itself follows suit, sporadically and without structure leaping as though guided by the irrational fluctuations of grief, as often focused and meticulous as it is thrashed and broken. The emotional investment is affectingly relatable, and a radical take on the concept of a relationship. Concentrated severity, the album doesn’t waver in expressing the instability and terminally cynical perspective that a failure can instil, and the eloquence and clarity with which it’s portrayed serve only as a contrast to the nature of the pain.

We can forget, and sometimes progress past these pits of despair, the rock bottoms that we, as people, inevitably hit. We can retroactively soften and relax the bitterness, and question why we once felt so blindly critical, but the fact was that the raw emotion once existed, and to no smaller measure than this album expresses. Let this be a reminder.

“Pack your *** and leave (I don't need to know)
And take my memories of her with you.
Pack your *** and leave (I don't need to know)
And take my memories of her with you.
Pack your *** and leave (I don't need to know)
And take my memories of her with you.
Pack your *** and leave (I don't need to know)
And take her ***ing with you.”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DirEnRefused
May 10th 2012



2133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol, censor ruined my ending quote.

Figured I'd try and write this quickly and with little editing. Too often, I feel I overanalyse my own writing and the product can eventually come out as convoluted and artificial.

Feedback greatly appreciated.

ThroneOfAgony
May 10th 2012



3485 Comments


Shit band, but OK review. Some of your sentences are a bit convoluted and read really choppy

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2012



49766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shit band no

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defjaw83
May 10th 2012



1765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos'd. I fucking love this album and these are my thoughts on it pretty much.

I feel you could've detailed the band members more and how they lend to the madness, but it is daryl's album pretty much so that's not too much of a neg.

Gonna listen to this tonight

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2012



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best Glassjaw album

YouGotLucky
May 10th 2012



946 Comments


fuck you fucking faggot fucker fuck

ThroneOfAgony
May 10th 2012



3485 Comments



shit band yea

shit band yea

shit band yea

shit band yea


PuddlesPuddles
May 10th 2012



4763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god damn new york whores

Sciroccu
May 10th 2012



746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lots of screams...

Jruined
May 10th 2012



1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I felt like I was 12 again reading this review, which made me hate the fact that I bothered to read the review.

Not going to neg/pos it but really not that great especially for someone that seems to have a good grasp of language.It
read more like fanfare.

Edit: Had to remove some reviews from my review of this review.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2012



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What are these guys talking about? Great work, loved the read and I agree completely. Have a pos. I'm also considering 5img this someday...

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ZilbelPing
May 10th 2012



6027 Comments


I have Worship & Tribute, Our Color Green, and Coloring Book.

Should I get this?

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2012



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this more than any other Glassjaw I've heard.

ZilbelPing
May 10th 2012



6027 Comments


Alright I'll get it, then.

minty901
May 10th 2012



1962 Comments


dont buy this. label screwed the band over and the band doesnt want anyone to pay for it. they advocate downloading it illegally.

macman76
May 10th 2012



373 Comments


Don't buy music in general, record labels suck
Worship and tribute is moderately better IMO, piano is pure emotion though

DirEnRefused
May 10th 2012



2133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the support and constructive criticism, guys. Sincerely appreciated.

I felt like I was 12 again reading this review, which made me hate the fact that I bothered to read the review.

I have no idea what this means. Please clarify.
Not going to neg/pos it but really not that great especially for someone that seems to have a good grasp of language.It read more like fanfare.

Well, I'm reviewing it as a 5. Obviously, I'm not going to be hypercritical of the album.

Jruined
May 10th 2012



1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure. It reads like a love note to Glassjaw or the album. It's not a review. I can go to a Glassjaw fansite and read this. You aren't telling me why I as a listener would or should at least give the album a chance. I think it's a great album but the only thing your fapfest would do is push me away.

To clarify further, I don't like it. The review I mean, since apparently you need the obvious clarified.


Jruined
May 10th 2012



1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heheh shit, I hope I didn't misspell anything in there. :D I did that off the cuff you see and didn't bother editing.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2012



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jruined, this is honestly written very fairly. You speak of him fapping about the album, but he consistently brings up the fact that it has flaws...

"Its arguable superiority to later releases lies in its flaws. There is no attempt at balance, no precisely crafted attempt to redeem the album’s imperfections."

And yeah, he says that this album is superior, but in no way does that warrant you saying that this review is a love letter.

A 5 review doesn't mean instant loss of credibility



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